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Not Dil Bechara, Sonchiriya Should Have Been Sushant Singh Rajput’s Highest Rated Film on IMDB – Here’s Why

With the above headline, I am sure I am entering into a very risky territory when it comes to populist sentiment.

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Not Dil Bechara, Sonchiriya Should Have Been Sushant Singh Rajput’s Highest Rated Film on IMDB – Here’s Why

With the above headline, I am sure I am entering into a very risky territory when it comes to populist sentiment. But as a movie buff and someone who loved Sushant Singh Rajput’s selection of films, I have to be honest to myself here. Maybe at the end of this piece, I hope true SSR fans agree with my views. The rest have every right to troll me in the comments section below. But what I feel is happening right now, does not do justice to the legacy left behind by an incredibly talented actor. Sushant Singh Rajput’s Dil Bechara Ranks 1st On IMDb List, Is Disney+ Hotstar’s Biggest Ever.

Dil Bechara came out on Disney+ Hotstar on July 24, made available free for all subscribers, paid or free. Those who are still reeling with the unexpected passing away of the actor logged in to watch the film with a bittersweet feeling in their hearts. Dil Bechara has been edited in a way to make it a lilting tribute to Sushant as an actor, from its opening tribute to its closing credits sequence. Sushant’s character, who is a cancer-afflicted collegian, is shown in a ‘spoof’ film for his friend, the final reel of which being played in the climax of the film. It is definitely heartbreaking to see Sushant looking so playful in those scenes, so cheery, especially when you realise that smile may not grace on our screens again.

Soon after, many went onto IMDB to vote for the film and give it the highest rating. That night, Dil Bechara had 10/10 rating. The next day, the rating reduced to 9.8, but it was still a victory enough for the makers, as the votes were high. At the time of writing this piece, Dil Bechara stands at a healthy 9.3/10 with more than 87k votes.

This not only makes Dil Bechara the top-rated film in Sushant’s career, but also in Indian cinema. It could be seen as a sweet victory for his surprisingly buoyed up fanbase. But does this do any kind of justice to the kind of good cinema that Sushant wanted to be a part of? In fact, those who didn’t agree with ones who voted so high were called out and trolled.

We can agree by now, that not all films that Sushant had played the lead in are good films. For every Kai Po Che and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, there is a Drive and a Raabta. Dil Bechara is an official remake of The Fault in Our Stars, and even though my opinion goes against Rajat’s incredibly sweet review of the film on LatestLY (Hey! People can have different opinions, right?), I feel that Dil Bechara is a very average adaptation of the Hollywood film.

The reason why I didn’t review the film, as I usually do with Bollywood reviews on this site, is that I was no fan of the Hollywood film, and seeing Bollywood’s track record with remakes, I knew for sure that Dil Bechara won’t be to my liking. In respecting the fans’ sentiments, I chose not to review, as I was wary that a slight disagreement could hurt someone.

But seeing a film like Dil Bechara get so many votes over more deserving films, including that of Sushant’s himself, is hurting. Not just to me as a film nerd, but also to the legacy of the star. And there are a couple of reasons for me to say that.

Reason #1 – Dil Bechara is Not Sushant’s Best Work

As a true admirer of Sushant’s body of work, I am sure many fans of the actor would agree that his films like Kai Po Che, Sonchiriya and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! were some of his better works.

In my humble opinion, Sonchiriya is by far, not only the best movie Sushant was in, but also had his best performance. Like with Dil Bechara, Sonchiriya also dealt with the themes of mortality. Unlike Dil Bechara, though, it is more grim and brooding film, therefore not exactly something you would expect mainstream audience to fawn over. Which is exactly what happened to the film at the box office.

Sonchiriya is an immaculately directed film (by Ishqiya and Udta Punjab fame Abhishek Chaubey), that boasts of some incredibly crafted scenes, a strong narrative and amazing performances. Not just Sushant, Sonchiriya also had terrific performances from Manoj Bajpayee, Ashutosh Rana, Bhumi Pednekar and Ranvir Shorey.

In my review of Sonchiriya, I wrote, “Speaking of the lead performances, Sushant Singh once again manages to surprise you with an indepthful, disarming performance that is simply marvellous. You will really appreciate how this man doesn’t chase after starry roles and instead look out for films that challenge him as an actor. From his Beehadi accent to his body language, Sushant gets every nuance of his role right. Is this his best performance yet? I wanted to avoid that cliched route, but definitely yes!”

Most of the reviews in other web-sites about Sonchiriya were similar in opinion. And yet despite the glowing reviews, Sonchiriya struggled to even hit the Rs 10 crore mark at the box office, earning only a paltry Rs 6.6 crore. This was the worst performing SSR-starrer, even though it was his best-reviewed film. In comparison, the critically-reviled Raabta (Drive was released straight to Netflix) earned Rs 25.67 crore at the box office, nearly four times more than Sonchiriya.

While Sonchiriya wasn’t done justice to at the box office, least his new fanbase could do was to watch the film on Netflix and upvote it on IMDB. As of now, Sonchiriya stands at 7.9/10, just about tethering around the entrance to the prestigious 8 pointer club. Curiously, the number of votes haven’t touched the 6k mark.

Comparing the number of votes for both Dil Bechara and Sonchiriya, all I can sadly point out is that Sonchiriya got the same unfair treatment on IMDB as it got at the box office.

Reason #2 – Not An Appropriate Use of IMDB

Movie buffs all over the world use IMDB website not just as a tool to rate films, but also as a means of discovering World Cinema. When I started exploring international cinema beyond Hollywood, I used to check out IMDB’s top 250 highest rated films and see the kind of films in that list. Which is how I, a small town guy, discovered magnificent gems like Memories of Murder, Secret in their Eyes, Cinema Paradiso and most of the great Akira Kurosawa’s films. IMDB is definitely partial to American cinema, but even the ones that rank top on this list are great films. For an average cinephile, IMDB is a very accessible holy book for movies.

So when an outsider wants to sample Indian cinema and see the best we have to offer, what he or she would see is Dil Bechara ranking on top. Here’s where the conundrum comes.

Now Dil Bechara isn’t a bad film. Sushant is charismatic as always. AR Rahman’s songs are quite good, and there are some moments in the film. But even though there is a biasness for Dil Bechara in our hearts, we can’t disregard its glaring flaws. Like, the dull that the film adopts. Or that Sushant and Sanjana Sanghi’s pairing feels mismatched, and the film doesn’t do a good job of establishing their chemistry. Saif Ali Khan’s cameo comes across as weird and underused, and the second half feels terribly rushed, compared to a decent, likeable first half.

Like I mentioned before, I am not a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, but Josh Boone’s film does these aspects right, and comes across as a much, much better film. So if someone unfamiliar with Indian cinema and the whole sentimentality around Sushant, watches Dil Bechara, the person would be surprised to see why an average remake of a just-about decent Hollywood film gets rated so high.

Which is why it was important that films like Sonchiriya and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! get ranked better on IMDB, if you are a true SSR fan and want the world to see his incredible work. Putting Dil Bechara on the perch not only does no justice to Sushant’s body of work, but also to Indian cinema in general. Imagine masterpieces like Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand, Vijay Anand’s Guide, Mani Ratnam’s coming below a film that is decent at best. Even Chhichhore‘s ranking (at 8.0) above Sonchiriya feels more so for populist tastes rather than being a better film.

PS – I am not sure of the algorithm IMDB used in collating the list, but Dil Bechara‘s rating is lower here, compared to what we saw on its page. Still, it ranks in the top three.

Now Dil Bechara is hardly the first Indian film that had been voted high on IMDB more for its populist sentiment rather than the quality of the film. Films like PK, Tanhaji, Uri: The Surgical Strike, while decent entertainers, are ranked higher because of populism rather than making a mark as good cinema.

While a perception of a film changes from a person to person, the critical consensus for what matters to be a good film should have the consistent benchmarks. There might be a person who likes Transformers movies over Schindler’s List. But it doesn’t make the latter a bad film. Similarly, I know people who enjoyed Salman Khan’s Race 3 and Akshay Kumar’s Housefull 4. But does that make them good films, though?

Or the better question to ask here is about how you want to worship Sushant’s legacy as an actor. Getting the world to see his incredible range as a performer by recommending Sonchiriya? Or push a film that pales in comparison, just because you feel you are doing a tribute to him? The choice is, ultimately, in our fingers as we click the right score in IMDB.

(The opinions expressed in the above article are of the author and do not reflect the stand or position of LatestLY.)

(The above story first appeared on onhike on Jul 29, 2020 08:31 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

Nirbhaya has been interested in doing something on his own from the days when he was in college. But, things didn’t favour him in the beginning, and he had to work for others. Later, he finally started Onhike.com as a news portal, and then never looked back. The website is gaining popularity every day. He puts all of his skills into his work and making his dream come true. He covers Tech and General news on this website.

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RIP Helen McCrory: Damian Lewis Pens Emotional Note For Late Wife, Says ‘She Was Able to Turn Her Light So Brightly on Others’

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Actor Damian Lewis paid a heartfelt tribute to his late wife Helen McCrory, who died last week, battling cancer. She was 52 when she breathed her last. The Billions star, honoured McCrory, who was widely known for her roles as Narcissa Malfoy in the popular Harry Potter films and Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders, in an emotional tribute written for The Sunday Times, in which he reflected on his “brilliant” wife’s life, reported People magazine. Helen McCrory No More: Anupam Kher Pays Heartfelt Tribute to the Peaky Blinders Actress (Read Tweet).



“Many people have spoken about her career and many more will, so that’s where I’ll leave it, because it strikes me that two things are happening this weekend: an outpouring of grief and shock, and a celebration of Helen McCrory the actress from fans everywhere, and of Helen the person. And that’s who I want to talk about,” Lewis said of the actor. “Helen was an even more brilliant person than she was an actress,” the actor continued. RIP Helen McCrory: Peaky Blinders’ 5 Most Memorable Scenes Featuring the Late Actress That Show How Bad Aunt Polly Will Be Missed.




He added, “She was a people person, sure. ‘I’m much more interested in who I’m with than where I am,’ she would say, and innately wanted to share. But she also lived by the principle of kindness and generosity. That you put these things out into the world to make it better, to make people feel better.” Lewis went on to speak on how McCrory always “spread happiness,” writing, “Even when dying in her last few days, when talking to our wonderful carers, she repeatedly said, ‘thank you so much’ in her half delirious state.”

“I’ve never known anyone able to enjoy life as much. Her ability to be in the present and enjoy the moment was inspirational. Nor was she interested in navel-gazing. No real interest in self-reflection; she believed in looking out, not in. Which is why she was able to turn her light so brightly on others,” Lewis added. Lewis, who married McCrory in 2007, after they met on the production of ‘Five Gold Rings’ at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2003, said the late actor has left their two children, 14-year-old daughter Manon, and 13-year-old son Gulliver, “too early, but they have been prepared for life.”




“They have in them the fearlessness, wit, curiosity, talent and beauty of their mother. She has exhorted us to be courageous and not afraid,” Lewis said.

He also wrote in the tribute of McCrory, “She has been utterly heroic in her illness. Funny, of course — generous, brave, uncomplaining, constantly reminding us all of how lucky we’ve been, how blessed we are. Her generosity has extended to encouraging us three to live. Live fully, take opportunities, have adventures.”



“Already I miss her. She has shone more brightly in the last months than you would imagine even the brightest star could . In life, too, we had to rise to meet her. But her greatest and most exquisite act of bravery and generosity has been to ‘normalise’ her death. She’s shown no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity, only armed us with the courage to go on and insisted that no one be sad, because she is happy,” said Lewis. “I’m staggered by her,” he added of McCrory. “She’s been a meteor in our life.”

Lewis announced McCrory’s demise on Friday. “I’m heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family,” he said on Twitter. McCrory has been honoured on social media since the news of her death by costars and friends, including , Helen Mirren, Jason Issacs, J.K. Rowling, Tom Felton and Cillian Murphy.

In addition to her film and TV roles, McCrory began her career on stage and appeared in more than 25 productions during the 1990s through the mid-2010s. Her stage credits included ‘Macbeth’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘As You Like It’, ‘Medea’, and many more. The ‘Peaky Blinders’ has also appeared in the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’, Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ and Cherie Booth, wife of U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, in ‘The Queen’ and ‘The Relationship’.

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Arjun Rampal Shares Glimpse of His Quarantine Life With Fans (See Pic)

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Bollywood star Arjun Rampal, who recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus, on Monday shared new pictures of him, giving fans a glimpse of his life under home quarantine. The Daddy actor took to his Instagram handle and shared pictures from his second day of quarantine, along with the caption, “Day 2 #quarantinelife #books #thoughts #contemplate #write #gettoknowme All of you out there stay smart, stay safe.” Actor Arjun Rampal and Neil Nitin Mukesh Test Positive For COVID-19.



In the pictures, Arjun could be seen sporting a white T-shirt paired with grey lowers, while he sat holding a book in his hand and gazed into the distance.




Arjun had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 17 and is currently under home quarantine for recovery. The second wave of coronavirus has infected many people, and the number of COVID-19 positive cases has been rapidly rising. In Bollywood, an array of celebrities have got infected within a span of a few weeks. Arjun Rampal, Suniel Shetty, Raveena Tandon Have A Gala Time At J P Dutta’s Daughter Nidhi’s Three-Day long Wedding Ceremony (View Pics).

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Recently, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonu Sood, Manish Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Paresh Rawal, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, and Rohit , among others had tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, and some others were also infected with the virus. In March 2020, Bollywood , who rose to fame with her ‘Baby Doll’, became the first Bollywood celebrity to get infected with COVID-19. On the professional front, Arjun has an interesting line-up of in the pipeline which includes, ‘Dhaakad’ and ‘The Rapist’.



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Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut, on Monday, celebrated her parents’ wedding anniversary by sharing a picture of them on her social media and narrating the story of how they met. The Queen actor took to her Twitter handle and shared a rare throwback picture of her parents from their wedding day along with a heartfelt that read, “Today is the wedding anniversary of my parents, growing up they lied to us that it was a conventional arranged marriage it’s only much later nani told us they had a raging affair, papa saw mom at a bus stand returning from college, took that bus every day till she noticed him.” Charlie Chaplin Birth Anniversary: Kangana Ranaut Pays Heartfelt Tribute to the Legendary Comedian (Read Tweet).



Narrating her parents, Asha Ranaut and Amardeep Ranaut’s love story, in a subsequent tweet she elaborated, “Papa saw mom at a bus stand returning from college, took that bus every day till she noticed him. When papa sent proposal, Nana ji (grandfather) brutally rejected cos papa didn’t have good reputation. Nana had selected a groom with government job for mom. She was his favourite and lovingly called her Guddi but mom fought all odds and Nana. Thanks for that, happy anniversary.” Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi Gets Postponed Due To ‘Alarming Rise In COVID-19 Cases And Lockdown’ – Read Statement




Check Out Kangana Ranaut’s Tweet Below:

Meanwhile, on the work front, Kangana’s much-awaited project ‘Thalaivi’ which was slated to get a on April 23, this year got postponed due to the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in India. Apart from this she also has ‘Tejas’, ‘Dhaakad’, and ‘Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda’ in the pipeline. Kangana has also signed up to play the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in an upcoming political drama.

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